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Job Opening

Posting Title: Finance and Budget Officer
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 30 August 2016 - 28 October 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Finance-DFS-65806-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

These posts are financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Applicants from troops-and-police-contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or headquarters support account funded position in the Department of peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly 66/265 and 67/287.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Field Support (DFS) is mandated to provide strategic support for the administrative, logistics and technology requirements of all United Nations field missions, including peacekeeping operations and political offices. Within its responsibilities, the Field Budget and Finance Division of DFS coordinates the negotiation of memoranda of understanding and the calculation of reimbursements exceeding $800 million annually to countries contributing more than 300 separate military and police contingents to field missions. These positions are located in the Budget and Performance Reporting Service (BPRS) of the Field Budget and Finance Division (FBFD) of the Department of Field Support (DFS). The incumbents report to a Unit Chief and Section Chief.


Within the delegated authority, the Finance and Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Budget preparation and administration:

• Supports the work of the Division with regard to the review of major resource requirements and development of savings measures across peacekeeping and special political missions.

• Provides inputs to major, multidimensional resource planning initiatives, including the Global Field Support Strategy; the development and support of effective and efficient budget management systems and processes that meet the requirements of dynamic field operations, including new, transitioning or closing field missions while ensuring full compliance with the UN Financial Regulations and Rules; and the implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in field missions.

• Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of budget proposals and performance reports for field missions.

• Provides guidance to Headquarters and field managers (including through field visits) with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget proposals and performance reports including on financial regulations and rules, budget policies and procedures, recommendations of legislative and advisory bodies and Results-Based Budgeting (RBB) methodology.

• Analyze and provide input into finalization of programme budget/financial implications in light of additional mandates.

• Prepares budgetary information for relevant legislative and advisory bodies, in particular the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) to support their budgetary reviews.

• Performs other related duties, as assigned.


Professionalism: Knowledge and command of budget development and financial administration of resources. Ability to formulate new strategies and technical approaches to budgetary matters. Knowledge of RBB or similar performance management methodologies. Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). Knowledge of UN financial and budgetary policies, procedures and operations and familiarity with UN legislative machinery. Knowledge of the use of computer systems, such as financial modules, automated budgeting and accounting systems, and other spreadsheets and word processing applications. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in finance, management, public and business administration, accounting, economics, or other finance-related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Professional accreditation such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant or a similar professional accreditation is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area is required. Three years of experience in budget development and financial administration of resources at the international level is required. Experience in the formulation of new strategies and technical approaches to budgetary matters is desirable. Experience in the application of Results-Based Budgeting or similar performance management methodologies in area of work is desirable. Experience in use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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